By Lisa Laprade
A lot of times it’s hard to fit in a solid work out for which you’ll see returns. As a full time working mother of two I needed something fast and on my schedule. I turned to running to get the most return from my limited time commitment to exercise. This worked out great until the winter hit.
I joined DHAC after trying just about every other gym in Dedham three years ago. The indoor track lured me in, but then it became so much more.
As my running improved and the race t-shirts piled up I decided to try a sprint triathlon. I started using the adult lap pool to train and getting on the bikes in the fitness center. I also knew in order to improve my running and tri times I needed core training.
I tried the classes, which are great. But I had trouble getting to them or finding ones that fit my schedule. I decided to give personal training a try and have since found it to be a very solid return on my investment of not just money but time!
I call it the power ½ hour with Sarah C. Sarah and I meet once a week for 30 minutes in the morning shortly after the club opens. In 30 minutes she whips me through a resistance training circuit leaving me with a great sense of accomplishment and a good start to my day.
It also takes away the uncertain feelings of “is this setting correct; am I using the correct weight.” These questions were frequently in my mind when I did resistance training on my own. Now I have more confidence to do it on my own.
Sarah also helped me put together another workout I can do on other days during the week when I’m not training with her.
Through resistance training I’ve noticed my core is stronger. I can see tone and definition in my arms and torso. I’ve also been able to increase my running distance to ½ marathons and have shaved significant time off my races.
Most importantly I feel great. Working out at DHAC has become a major part of my life. When asked about my priorities it’s always family first, and then working out & my job competing for second place. Although it may only be 30 minutes a day, I miss it when I can’t get that 30 minutes in. Those 30 minutes provide me with the sanity to get through my sometimes insane days of juggling!